Jared Nichols is a futurist, advisor, and faculty member at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, in Graduate and Executive Education. He is the founder of The Foresight Academy where he teaches leaders, teams, and individuals, how to think like futurists so they can create the best future possible, for themselves and the people they serve.
Jared holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Foresight, and is sought out by leaders, organizations, and entrepreneurs to help them identify how emerging trends in technology, media, business, and public policy, may fundamentally change society and shape the future.
His insight and expertise is utilized across a wide variety of sectors and industries from Fortune 500 companies to government municipalities, entrepreneurial start-ups, as well as his work in Hollywood with accomplished actors, writers, and producers, helping them reinvent themselves and discover new areas for growth both inside and outside the bounds of their industry.
Jared is also the host of the small business podcast presented by the National Small Business Association titled, The Road Ahead: Small Business in the 21st Century, which focuses on practical tips and insights for small business owners on how to grow, thrive, and contribute, in a volatile and uncertain environment. In addition to hosting The Road Ahead, Jared also sits on the Board of Trustees for the National Small Business Association with a focus on equipping SME’s with the ability to anticipate change and influence public policy in favor of small business growth.
Jared has published over 70 articles and is the author of Rethinking Your Next Quarter (Century): How to Create Continuous Growth and Ensure Future Relevance, Rethinking Reinvention, Leading the 21st Century: The CEO’s Guide to Thriving in a Volatile and Uncertain Future, and Four Futures for the 21st Century Non-Profit.
Jared is also a musician, composer, competitive cyclist, and trail runner living in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and their two sons.
His most recent accomplishment is becoming an official card-carrying member of the Dollar Beard Club and he is already making plans to build a workshop and tame a wild animal.